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In Safe Hands - Film Review (Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2019)

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by Jonathon Tonkin (subscribe)
I'm a 26 year old male Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Communication) at UniSA in 2014. As well as writing for WN I have also done pieces for the Adelaide 36s and Mawson Lakes Living.
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A tender film for those who really care
A job which would be envied by no one. The exhaustive and heartbreaking duties of social services are often misunderstood and underestimated. A lot can be lost in translation about how much goes on in the background to keep such an important task as child services rolling. Desperate couples, reluctant mothers, and society's lost. All of these will pass through the doors French social assistance service and the brave men and woman that take on this charge must be strong-willed and compassionate to undertake a heavy burden
AFFF, French Film, Review, Drama, Social Services, adoption

In the film In Safe Hands, by director Jeanne Herry, the audiences gets to delve deep into the adoption process. From a mother coming to terms with giving up her child to the foster parents tasked with keeping them safe to the people doing all they can to be approved for adoption and the workers evaluating them. In Safe Hands, also known by its French title Pupille, looks at multiple aspects of the social assistance program. Leaving no stone unturned and every emotion felt.

The characters in In Safe Hands are made to feel as real as possible. Given little quirks here and there and going about their work with brutal honesty yet an ever caring hand. In Safe Hands has just as many sad moments as it does touching moments, bringing to bare questions that provide insight into the difficulty of this job. How do you tell a couple that they are unsuitable to adopt a child? How do you raise kids that you know will soon leave you? All of these moments are depicted with an uncomfortable realism. Played out not as a documentary but instead a recreation of the moments encountered and a look into the thoughts and feelings of all the parties involved while the audience develops an emotional connection with every step of the process.

Jeanne Herry has put together a cast to perform an incredibly sensitive performance. All involved have achieved this in spades. In Safe Hands is screening as part of the French Film Festival at Palace Nova Eastend and Prospect.
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When: 21-Mar to 18-Apr
Where: Palace Nova Eastend and Prospect
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